Hey fellow stage manager friends,
This question is coming form seeing a lot of people post about writing/sending your rehearsal reports and realizing we clearly have different practices…
1) How long does it take you to write your report?
2) How soon after the rehearsal do you send out the report? The same evening, by the next rehearsal, something else?
3) How many pages/sections do you use?
I ask because what my university does is we have from 11p (when rehearsal ends) till midnight (when the building closes) to get the rehearsal room struck and the report sent out. Exceptions are made for things like first tech, when the SM team writes the report and the 24hr diner nearby. There’s an expectation from our advisors that we get the report (which is usually 1 to 1 1/2 pages) out that night, so notes can be worked when designers/technicians come in at 8a.
However, I’m curious what other people do?
I just saw an ask about bad attitude on run crew, and I recently had to deal with this. My advice is that if the person is in good spirits until you start asking them to do things, pick them out give them one special job-my crew member was asked to wear a costume and do the onstage transitions with the actors. When she fell asleep backstage and almost missed one of those transitions I laid into her pretty hard- told her it wasn’t to happen again and that my Production manager would find out.
Just give them the benefit of the doubt until the attitude gets in the way of them impeding their work. Make the work out to be 100 times cooler than it actually might be, and they’ll either join in and enjoy it or keep the Debbie Downer ‘tude and you’ll have to give them a verbal kick in the ass about it! Good luck!
This is a really good approach! Thanks for sharing!
Today’s my first tech.
I think I’m going to throw up.
Got yet ANOTHER email from this girl in my cast. She was like “So am I called from 10-12 or 10 to the end of the day?”
Just to be clear, this is roughly how I make my schedules
10a: Curly, Moe, Larry, Shemp
11a: Curly, Moe
12p: Curly, Moe, Larry
2p: End of Call
Someone, please tell me, is that hard to read? I mean, can’t you infer that at 11a, Shemp is no longer listed in any of those scenes and would be released? And then Larry would be released after his 12p schedule? Not to mention I list what scenes we’re working she can always look at her script and be like “Hm, I’m not on stage in any of the scenes and they haven’t blocked me into them.
Is this hard? She is the only person who has ever question this format I use. I DON’T GET IT.
hi there! I think it might be a little hard to read, especially with more actors. I’d suggest this format:
10a- Called: Curly, Moe, Larry, Shemp
11a- Released: Larry, Shemp
12p- Add: Larry
1p- Released: Larry, Curly
2p-End of Rehearsal Day
Sometimes it’s also helpful to include what you’re working on, if you know, so that might clue into the cast whether or not they need to be there.
Hope this helps!
checked the stage manager/stage management tags for the first time in a few weeks.
everybody ok? everybody seems super pissed.
y’all need to relax and possibly readjust some attitudes.